|Wade Davis: Gorgeous photos of a backyard wilderness worth saving - TED.com|
Ethnographer Wade Davis explores hidden places in the wider world -- but in this powerful short talk he urges us to save a paradise in his backyard, Northern Canada. The Sacred Headwaters, remote and pristine, are under threat because they hide rich tar sands. With stunning photos, Davis asks a tough question: How can we balance society's need for fuels with the urge to protect such glorious wilderness?
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; environment; TED2012; 2012
|Will Potter: The shocking move to criminalize nonviolent protest - TED.com|
In 2002, investigative journalist and TED Fellow Will Potter decided to take a break from his regular beat, writing about shootings and murders for the Chicago Tribune. He went to help a local group campaigning against animal testing: "I thought it would be a safe way to do something positive," he says. Instead, he was arrested, and so began his ongoing journey into a world in which peaceful protest is branded as terrorism.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; activism; animals; environment; journalism; TED2014; 2014
|Jason Clay: How big brands can help save biodiversity - TED.com|
Convince just 100 key companies to go sustainable, and WWF's Jason Clay says global markets will shift to protect the planet our consumption has already outgrown. Hear how his extraordinary roundtables are getting big brand rivals to agree on green practices first -- before their products duke it out on store shelves.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; business; environment; green; sustainability; TEDGlobal 2010; 2010
|Gavin Schmidt: The emergent patterns of climate change - TED.com|
You can't understand climate change in pieces, says climate scientist Gavin Schmidt. It's the whole, or it's nothing. In this illuminating talk, he explains how he studies the big picture of climate change with mesmerizing models that illustrate the endlessly complex interactions of small-scale environmental events.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; climate change; environment; science; TED2014; 2014
|Simon Berrow: How do you save a shark you know nothing about? - TED.com|
They're the second largest fish in the world, they're almost extinct, and we know almost nothing about them. At TEDxDublin, Simon Berrow describes the fascinating basking shark ("Great Fish of the Sun" in Irish), and the exceptional -- and wonderfully low-tech -- ways he's learning enough to save them.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDxDublin; TED; Talks; biology; environment; oceans; science; 2010
|Jon Mooallem: The strange story of the teddy bear, and what it reveals about our relationship to animals - TED.com|
In 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt legendarily spared the life of a black bear -- and prompted a plush toy craze for so-called "teddy bears." Writer Jon Mooallem digs into this story and asks us to consider how the tales we tell about wild animals have real consequences for a species' chance of survival -- and the natural world at large.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; environment; nature; TED2014; 2014
|John Francis walks the Earth - TED.com|
For almost three decades, John Francis has been a planetwalker, traveling the globe by foot and sail with a message of environmental respect and responsibility (for 17 of those years without speaking). A funny, thoughtful talk with occasional banjo.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; activism; environment; global issues; TED2008; 2008
|Tristram Stuart: The global food waste scandal - TED.com|
Western countries throw out nearly half of their food, not because it’s inedible -- but because it doesn’t look appealing. Tristram Stuart delves into the shocking data of wasted food, calling for a more responsible use of global resources.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; environment; food; TEDSalon London Spring 2012; 2012
|Matthew Childs' 9 life lessons from rock climbing - TED.com|
In this talk from TED University 2009, veteran rock climber Matthew Childs shares nine pointers for rock climbing. These handy tips bear on an effective life at sea level, too.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2009; TED; Talks; adventure; entertainment; environment; nature; 2009
|Mark Bittman on what's wrong with what we eat - TED.com|
In this fiery and funny talk, New York Times food writer Mark Bittman weighs in on what's wrong with the way we eat now (too much meat, too few plants; too much fast food, too little home cooking), and why it's putting the entire planet at risk.
Keywords: TEDTalks; EG 2007; TED; Talks; environment; food; green; sustainability; 2007
|Kamal Meattle on how to grow fresh air - TED.com|
Researcher Kamal Meattle shows how an arrangement of three common houseplants, used in specific spots in a home or office building, can result in measurably cleaner indoor air.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2009; TED; Talks; architecture; environment; science; technology; 2009
|Al Gore: What comes after An Inconvenient Truth? - TED.com|
At TED2009, Al Gore presents updated slides from around the globe to make the case that worrying climate trends are even worse than scientists predicted, and to make clear his stance on clean coal.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; alternative energy; biosphere; climate change; energy; environment; presentation; science; technology; TED2009; 2009
|Birke Baehr: What's wrong with our food system - TED.com|
11-year-old Birke Baehr presents his take on a major source of our food -- far-away and less-than-picturesque industrial farms. Keeping farms out of sight promotes a rosy, unreal picture of big-box agriculture, he argues, as he outlines the case to green and localize food production.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDxNextGenerationAsheville; TED; Talks; agriculture; business; environment; food; green; health; sustainability; 2010
|Debate: Does the world need nuclear energy? - TED.com|
Nuclear power: the energy crisis has even die-hard environmentalists reconsidering it. In this first-ever TED debate, Stewart Brand and Mark Z. Jacobson square off over the pros and cons. A discussion that'll make you think -- and might even change your mind.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; climate change; economics; energy; environment; green; law; nuclear weapons; politics; TED2010; 2010
|Jonathan Drori: Every pollen grain has a story - TED.com|
Pollen goes unnoticed by most of us, except when hay fever strikes. But microscopes reveal it comes in stunning colors and shapes -- and travels remarkably well. Jonathan Drori gives an up-close glimpse of these fascinating flecks of plant courtship.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; biology; botany; environment; life; sex; TED2010; 2010
|Alex Steffen: The shareable future of cities - TED.com|
How can cities help save the future? Alex Steffen shows some cool neighborhood-based green projects that expand our access to things we want and need -- while reducing the time we spend in cars.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDGlobal 2011; TED; Talks; architecture; cities; collaboration; design; energy; environment; green; technology; 2011
|Cary Fowler: One seed at a time, protecting the future of food - TED.com|
The varieties of wheat, corn and rice we grow today may not thrive in a future threatened by climate change. Cary Fowler takes us inside a vast global seed bank, buried within a frozen mountain in Norway, that stores a diverse group of food-crop for whatever tomorrow may bring.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; agriculture; biodiversity; biosphere; climate change; disaster relief; environment; TEDGlobal 2009; 2009
|John Doerr sees salvation and profit in greentech - TED.com|
"I don't think we're going to make it," John Doerr says in an emotional talk about climate change and investment. To create a world fit for his daughter to live in, he says, we need to invest now in clean, green energy.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; climate change; environment; global issues; green; investment; sustainability; technology; TED2007; 2007
|Rachel Pike: The science behind a climate headline - TED.com|
In 4 minutes, atmospheric chemist Rachel Pike provides a glimpse of the massive scientific effort behind the bold headlines on climate change, with her team -- one of thousands who contributed -- taking a risky flight over the rainforest in pursuit of data on a key molecule.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; chemistry; climate change; environment; global issues; science; TEDGlobal 2009; 2009
|Justin Hall-Tipping: Freeing energy from the grid - TED.com|
What would happen if we could generate power from our windowpanes? In this moving talk, entrepreneur Justin Hall-Tipping shows the materials that could make that possible, and how questioning our notion of 'normal' can lead to extraordinary breakthroughs.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; energy; entrepreneur; environment; science; technology; TEDGlobal 2011; 2011
|Fields Wicker-Miurin: Learning from leadership's "missing manual" - TED.com|
Leadership doesn't have a user's manual, but Fields Wicker-Miurin says stories of remarkable, local leaders are the next best thing. At a TED salon in London, she shares three.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; arts; environment; global issues; leadership; politics; TEDSalon London 2009; 2009
|Carl Safina: The oil spill's unseen culprits, victims - TED.com|
The Gulf oil spill dwarfs comprehension, but we know this much: it's bad. Carl Safina scrapes out the facts in this blood-boiling cross-examination, arguing that the consequences will stretch far beyond the Gulf -- and many so-called solutions are making the situation worse.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; disaster relief; energy; environment; oceans; oil; pollution; TEDxOilSpill; 2010
|Jared Diamond on why societies collapse - TED.com|
Why do societies fail? With lessons from the Norse of Iron Age Greenland, deforested Easter Island and present-day Montana, Jared Diamond talks about the signs that collapse is near, and how -- if we see it in time -- we can prevent it.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; culture; environment; global issues; history; social change; society; technology; TED2003; 2003
|Barton Seaver: Sustainable seafood? Let's get smart - TED.com|
Chef Barton Seaver presents a modern dilemma: Seafood is one of our healthier protein options, but overfishing is desperately harming our oceans. He suggests a simple way to keep fish on the dinner table that includes every mom's favorite adage -- "Eat your vegetables!"
Keywords: TEDTalks; Mission Blue Voyage; TED; Talks; environment; fish; food; oceans; sustainability; 2010
|Bjarke Ingels: 3 warp-speed architecture tales - TED.com|
Danish architect Bjarke Ingels rockets through photo/video-mingled stories of his eco-flashy designs. His buildings not only look like nature -- they act like nature: blocking the wind, collecting solar energy -- and creating stunning views.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDGlobal 2009; TED; Talks; architecture; creativity; design; environment; green; 2009
|Marcel Dicke: Why not eat insects? - TED.com|
Marcel Dicke makes an appetizing case for adding insects to everyone's diet. His message to squeamish chefs and foodies: delicacies like locusts and caterpillars compete with meat in flavor, nutrition and eco-friendliness.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; agriculture; environment; food; health; insects; TEDGlobal 2010; 2010
|Rob Harmon: How the market can keep streams flowing - TED.com|
With streams and rivers drying up because of over-usage, Rob Harmon has implemented an ingenious market mechanism to bring back the water. Farmers and beer companies find their fates intertwined in the intriguing century-old tale of Prickly Pear Creek.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDxRainier; TED; Talks; business; environment; global issues; innovation; nature; sustainability; water; 2010
|Jane Goodall on what separates us from the apes - TED.com|
Jane Goodall hasn't found the missing link, but she's come closer than nearly anyone else. The primatologist says the only real difference between humans and chimps is our sophisticated language. She urges us to start using it to change the world.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2002; TED; Talks; Africa; Featured; animals; culture; environment; global issues; nature; primates; science; 2002
|Rachel Sussman: The world's oldest living things - TED.com|
Rachel Sussman shows photographs of the world's oldest continuously living organisms -- from 2,000-year-old brain coral off Tobago's coast to an "underground forest" in South Africa that has lived since before the dawn of agriculture.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; biodiversity; biology; environment; life; nature; photography; TEDGlobal 2010; 2010
|Johan Rockstrom: Let the environment guide our development - TED.com|
Human growth has strained the Earth's resources, but as Johan Rockstrom reminds us, our advances also give us the science to recognize this and change behavior. His research has found nine "planetary boundaries" that can guide us in protecting our planet's many overlapping ecosystems.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; agriculture; climate change; environment; global issues; TEDGlobal 2010; 2010
|Peter Ward: A theory of Earth's mass extinctions - TED.com|
Asteroid strikes get all the coverage, but Medea Hypothesis author Peter Ward argues that most of Earth's mass extinctions were caused by lowly bacteria. The culprit, a poison called hydrogen sulfide, may have an interesting application in medicine.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; disease; environment; global issues; history; life; science; space; TED2008; 2008
|James Hansen: Why I must speak out about climate change - TED.com|
Top climate scientist James Hansen tells the story of his involvement in the science of and debate over global climate change. In doing so he outlines the overwhelming evidence that change is happening and why that makes him deeply worried about the future.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2012; TED; Talks; climate change; environment; global issues; science; 2012
|Gordon Brown on global ethic vs. national interest - TED.com|
Can the interests of an individual nation be reconciled with humanity's greater good? Can a patriotic, nationally elected politician really give people in other countries equal consideration? Following his TEDTalk calling for a global ethic, UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown fields questions from TED Curator Chris Anderson.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; environment; global issues; government; interview; politics; war; TEDGlobal 2009; 2009
|Wolfgang Kessling: How to air-condition outdoor spaces - TED.com|
During the hot summer months, watching an outdoor soccer match or concert can be tantamount to baking uncomfortably in the sun -- but it doesn’t have to be. At the TEDxSummit in Doha, physicist Wolfgang Kessling reveals sustainable design innovations that cool us from above and below, and even collects solar energy for later use.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; entertainment; environment; global issues; innovation; invention; physics; science; sports; sustainability; TEDxSummit; 2012
|Steven Cowley: Fusion is energy's future - TED.com|
Physicist Steven Cowley is certain that nuclear fusion is the only truly sustainable solution to the fuel crisis. He explains why fusion will work -- and details the projects that he and many others have devoted their lives to, working against the clock to create a new source of energy.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; alternative energy; climate change; energy; environment; physics; TEDGlobal 2009; 2009
|Amory Lovins on winning the oil endgame - TED.com|
In this energizing talk, Amory Lovins lays out his simple plan for weaning the US off oil and revitalizing the economy.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; MacArthur grant; business; economics; energy; environment; green; science; technology; TED2005; 2005
|Anupam Mishra: The ancient ingenuity of water harvesting - TED.com|
With wisdom and wit, Anupam Mishra talks about the amazing feats of engineering built centuries ago by the people of India's Golden Desert to harvest water. These structures are still used today -- and are often superior to modern water megaprojects.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; architecture; design; environment; history; innovation; photography; sustainability; water; TEDIndia 2009; 2009
|Eric Sanderson pictures New York -- before the City - TED.com|
400 years after Hudson found New York harbor, Eric Sanderson shares how he made a 3D map of Mannahatta's fascinating pre-city ecology of hills, rivers, wildlife -- accurate down to the block -- when Times Square was a wetland and you couldn't get delivery.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; cities; environment; history; life; nature; sustainability; technology; visualizations; TEDGlobal 2009; 2009
|Beverly + Dereck Joubert: Life lessons from big cats - TED.com|
Beverly + Dereck Joubert live in the bush, filming and photographing lions and leopards in their natural habitat. With stunning footage (some never before seen), they discuss their personal relationships with these majestic animals -- and their quest to save the big cats from human threats.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDWomen; TED; Talks; Africa; animals; environment; film; global issues; photography; 2010
|Jonathan Drori: The beautiful tricks of flowers - TED.com|
In this visually dazzling talk, Jonathan Drori shows the extraordinary ways flowering plants -- over a quarter million species -- have evolved to attract insects to spread their pollen: growing 'landing-strips' to guide the insects in, shining in ultraviolet, building elaborate traps, and even mimicking other insects in heat.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDSalon London Spring 2011; TED; Talks; biology; botany; environment; life; science; sex; 2011
|Garth Lenz: The true cost of oil - TED.com|
What does environmental devastation actually look like? At TEDxVictoria, photographer Garth Lenz shares shocking photos of the Alberta Tar Sands mining project -- and the beautiful (and vital) ecosystems under threat.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; TEDxFeatured; environment; global issues; oil; photography; TEDxVictoria; 2011
|Romulus Whitaker: The real danger lurking in the water - TED.com|
The gharial and king cobra are two of India's most iconic reptiles, and they're endangered because of polluted waterways. Conservationist Romulus Whitaker shows rare footage of these magnificent animals and urges us to save the rivers that sustain their lives and our own.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; animals; biodiversity; biosphere; environment; water; TEDIndia 2009; 2009
|Yann Arthus-Bertrand captures fragile Earth in wide-angle - TED.com|
In this image-filled talk, Yann Arthus-Bertrand displays his three most recent projects on humanity and our habitat -- stunning aerial photographs in his series "The Earth From Above," personal interviews from around the globe featured in his web project "6 billion Others," and his soon-to-be-released movie, "Home," which documents human impact on the environment through breathtaking video.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2009; TED; Talks; art; climate change; environment; film; future; humanity; media; photography; 2009
|Jill Sobule sings to Al Gore - TED.com|
A happy song about global warming, from Jill Sobule.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2006; TED; Talks; Featured; climate change; environment; guitar; music; performance; short talk; vocals; 2006
|Natalie Jeremijenko: The art of the eco-mindshift - TED.com|
Natalie Jeremijenko's unusual lab puts art to work, and addresses environmental woes by combining engineering know-how with public art and a team of volunteers. These real-life experiments include: Walking tadpoles, texting "fish," planting fire-hydrant gardens and more.
Keywords: TEDTalks; Business Innovation Factory; TED; Talks; art; arts; collaboration; design; engineering; environment; performance art; technology; 2009
|Jonathan Drori: Why we're storing billions of seeds - TED.com|
In this brief talk from TED U 2009, Jonathan Drori encourages us to save biodiversity -- one seed at a time. Reminding us that plants support human life, he shares the vision of the Millennium Seed Bank, which has stored over 3 billion seeds to date from dwindling yet essential plant species.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2009; TED; Talks; biodiversity; biology; biosphere; environment; future; life; science; 2009
|Dan Barber: How I fell in love with a fish - TED.com|
Chef Dan Barber squares off with a dilemma facing many chefs today: how to keep fish on the menu. With impeccable research and deadpan humor, he chronicles his pursuit of a sustainable fish he could love, and the foodie's honeymoon he's enjoyed since discovering an outrageously delicious fish raised using a revolutionary farming method in Spain.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; agriculture; biology; environment; food; health; TED2010; 2010
|Wade Davis: Dreams from endangered cultures - TED.com|
With stunning photos and stories, National Geographic Explorer Wade Davis celebrates the extraordinary diversity of the world's indigenous cultures, which are disappearing from the planet at an alarming rate.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2003; TED; Talks; anthropology; culture; environment; film; global issues; language; photography; 2003
|Sebastião Salgado: The silent drama of photography - TED.com|
Economics PhD Sebastião Salgado only took up photography in his 30s, but the discipline became an obsession. His years-long projects beautifully capture the human side of a global story that all too often involves death, destruction or decay. Here, he tells a deeply personal story of the craft that nearly killed him, and shows breathtaking images from his latest work, Genesis, which documents the world's forgotten people and places.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; activism; arts; environment; global issues; photography; TED2013; 2013
|Jonathan Foley: The other inconvenient truth - TED.com|
A skyrocketing demand for food means that agriculture has become the largest driver of climate change, biodiversity loss and environmental destruction. At TEDxTC Jonathan Foley shows why we desperately need to begin "terraculture" -- farming for the whole planet.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; TEDxFeatured; agriculture; environment; global issues; tedx; TEDxTC; 2010